Valencia Set for Major Course Renovation

Valencia Golf & Country ClubAfter a six month investment in marketing, technology, and client satisfaction, Valencia Golf and Country Club closed its doors for the summer on May 3rd to undergo major course renovation.

The renovation will include the installation of nearly eight miles of wiring to upgrade their irrigation system along with redefining, re-contouring, and re-grassing of their current greens with MiniVerde, rated the No. 1 Bermuda grass for putting greens over the past several years. 

MiniVerde, has recently been used at the award-winning Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass and the USGA test greens of Dallas Texas.

MiniVerde will provide the ultimate performance of play while being more resistant to climate changes experienced in Florida for a year-round dark green color and the ultimate putting surface. The award-winning MiniVerde renovation combined with new irrigation system will place Valencia Golf and Country Club among the best public golf courses Southwest Florida has to offer with a scheduled completion in time for the upcoming 2010-2011 season.

The 2009-2010 season proved to be harsh to many Southwest Florida courses. Cooler temperatures produced widespread damage to most greens throughout the area forcing them to go dormant and turn the familiar brown color most Floridians experienced on their lawns this past winter.

“MiniVerde roots itself deeper into the soil and it’s root system is more aggressive which means it will handle the winter months better than the other varieties” says Keith Ihms of the USGA test greens of Dallas, Texas. "In addition, we’ve experienced fewer issues of over-thatching and will produce a truer putting surface.”

For the past 14 years Valencia Golf and Country Club, a Gordon Lewis designed 7,200-yard, five tee-box championship course located off Immokalee Road, has been a favorite public course to golfers in the area and tourist alike earning Four Stars from Golf Digest in 2008-2009 for play.

“The 2009-2010 season proved to be one of our best seasons yet despite the harsh weather," said Chris Armstrong, director of technology. "We broke several play records this season and put forth serious effort toward improving our players golfing experience. We invested in a new online reservation system allowing patrons to book 24/7 online, focused our efforts on marketing and bringing in new golfers to our course as well as investing the time into surveying all those visiting our course about their experience.”

The course renovation began May 3rd and will continue through the summer reopening for the 2010-2011 season in early fall 2010. To stay up to date with the course renovation, patrons can visit the Valencia Web site at or follow updates on Twitter and Facebook.


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